An effort that has distributed nearly 220,000 child safety gun locks in Kansas is being threatened by federal budget cuts.
Lt. Governor Mark Parkinson says that's not right, and he is calling on Congress and the President to protect kids by restoring support for the program.
“Gun locks help prevent accidental shootings, especially involving children. That’s why Kansans of all parties and all walks of life have supported the distribution of child safety locks. This common-sense safety effort should continue and I ask the President and our congressional delegation to make sure it does,” said Parkinson.
Since being started by Lt. Governor Gary Sherrer in 2001, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor has worked in conjunction with the Kansas Highway Patrol and more than 300 local law enforcement agencies to distribute almost 220,000 child safety gun locks.
However, this year the Department of Justice cut funding for Project ChildSafe by $4 million, effectively stalling the program.
Colonel William R. Seck, Superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol joined Parkinson in urging Congress to renew the safety effort.
“Unlocked, unattended firearms can pose a serious danger to children. As adults, we have the responsibility to make sure we do all we can to prevent the tragedies associated with unlocked firearms,” said Colonel Seck.
Parkinson sponsored a resolution with the National Association of Lieutenant Governors urging Congress and the President to renew the program’s funding.
The resolution was supported and signed by ten lieutenant governors, five Republicans and five Democrats, from across the county.